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Duterte working from home on ‘People Power’ day

Francis Wakefield

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President Rodrigo Duterte will be working at home in Davao City on 25 February when the country marks the 34th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution.

Chief presidential Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement in an interview at the Palace on Friday.

“Eh si Presidente naman eh, (You know the President) everyday is a working day eh. Wala naman, kahit na rest day nagtratrabaho (Even during rest days, he works),” Panelo said. “Nasa bahay lang (He will just be at home).”

When asked if the President will attend any activity of the EDSA anniversary celebration, Panelo replied, “Wala akong narinig na a-atend siya unless meron schedule (I haven’t heard anything that he will attend unless he has a schedule).”

“Parang wala, parang wala akong nakitang schedule pa eh. Last year ba um-attend siya? Hindi naman siya um-attend, ‘di ba? (I didn’t see any schedule. Did he attend last year? He didn’t attend, right?),” he said.

Meanwhile, Panelo said there is no longer a need to conduct a loyalty check on the military as the generals remain loyal to the President.

On reports that Vice President Leni Robredo has already denied that she is part of groups that will conduct mass actions to call for Duterte’s resignation, Panelo said, “Baka naman nagsasabi siya ng totoo (She maybe telling the truth). Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt.”

He added, “At alam n’yo ‘yung mga panawagan na ‘yan, wala ‘yun. (And you know those kind of calls, that’s nothing). It’s a pipe dream, it’s a wishful thinking. It will never see the light of day.”

Asked if he will make an appeal to anti-Duterte groups that will conduct protest actions, Panelo said: “Wala akong panawagan (I don’t have anything to appeal). Good luck to them.”

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